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Quy and Fitzgerald march on in county singles

PUBLISHED: 08:30 22 June 2018

Jerry Quy of Aldersbrook is into the Area Final of the county singles

Jerry Quy of Aldersbrook is into the Area Final of the county singles

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Duo into the last 16 of prestigious Essex competition

Kevin Fitzgerald and Bob Lockyer met in the area final of the county singlesKevin Fitzgerald and Bob Lockyer met in the area final of the county singles

Jerry Quy is flying the flag for little Aldersbrook Bowls Club after booking his place in the last 16 of the county singles for the second year running.

The left-hander got the better of Terry Lichkin on his own green at Wanstead Central on Monday, coming home a 21-10 winner.

“The amount of times he knocked me in for shot,” said Quy. “It must have been four or five times! I suppose you call that the luck of the game.”

The Aldersbrook man had started well, but allowed Lichkin and his bright green woods back into it by dropping a four, pulling his lead back to 6-5.

Terry Lichkin of Wanstead Central is into the area final of the county singlesTerry Lichkin of Wanstead Central is into the area final of the county singles

“He got a four and I always seem to panic when someone does that and then he did what I don’t like, which is to take the mat up the green,” he added.

Fortunately it did not prove costly and Quy won six ends on the trot to take the score from a tight 10-8 to a commanding 18-8 and on the verge of victory.

Lichkin hit back with a two, but Quy got over the line.

“I have a four-year advantage over Terry,” he smiled. “I am 66 and he is 70, I just don’t think it was his day today, nothing he tried came off.”

Last year, Quy travelled to Brightlingsea and lost to Conor Mathers in the last 16, this time round he will be at home to former National champion Andy Squire from Maldon.

“I am happy with the way I am playing,” he said.

“I just try my best. I know I am not going to be any great bowler, but I like the challenges.

“I will give it my best and I would love to get to Westcliff to put Aldersbrook on the map a little bit.”

It looks like he may have done that already.

Meanwhile, the other Area Final was played at the same venue with Kevin Fitzgerald of the host club taking on the tenacious veteran Bob Lockyer from Wanstead.

Bob had played all his matches at home up until this point, but he showed no ill-effect at travelling as he competed all the way.

Fitzgerald, a former county semi-finalist, started well to earn a 5-1 lead, but Lockyer hit back with consecutive threes.

The Wanstead man added a four to make it 12-8 and at that point he looked the more likely as Fitzgerald admitted.

“Bob got a four and I was disappointed with that, I put a couple in the ditch,” he said.

“He is a good player. His length and everything was good tonight, so I am really pleased to have got through that because it wasn’t looking that way for a long time.”

It certainly wasn’t and at times Lockyer can try the patience of a saint, let alone a retired policeman like Kevin.

But he finally got himself in front with a couple of three counts and despite a valiant effort from Lockyer, he got home by 21-17 to make the last 16.

“I gave him a real scare and that’s about it,” was the verdict of Lockyer and it was true.

For Fitzgerald, he is not thinking about the rest of the competition.

“I have played really well,” he said. “I’ve had most of my games at home which has helped and things have gone well for me.

“I have no idea who I am playing next, but I have been told that I am at home.”

He is right and that match will be against the experienced Chris Muir of the Drums club from Grays.

Also through to the last 16 are two former Wanstead Central bowlers in Mark Nullmeyers and young Danny Hughes who now play at Romford.

The last 16 matches take place next Monday evening.

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